Hawthorne & Heaney for Diana: Designing a Princess BBC Documentary

2017 sees the 20th anniversary of the tragic death of our beloved Diana, Princess of Wales. To mark the anniversary, BBC Two has made a documentary called ‘Diana: Designing a Princess’ to celebrate the Princesses sense of style and fashion. Hawthorne and Heaney are excited and grateful to say we played a small part in this by embroidering section titles for the documentary.

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As one of the most famous women on the planet, this programme traces the evolution of the Princess’s style, ‘from the demure, romantic outfits of her first public appearances’.

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To her playing the role of a ‘fairy tale princess’

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She captured the hearts of the world and elevated to the ‘glamour, elegance and confidence of her later life’.

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Princess Diana Dancing with John Travolta on her visit to America at President Reagan’s White House Gala in 1985.

The BBC2 documentary is presented by Brenda Emmanus, BBC’s Art, Culture and Entertainment correspondent and was produced in collaboration with the Historic Royal Places. Brenda looks at some of Diana’s ‘most celebrated and exquisite dresses’, which have been brought together for a new exhibition at Kensington Palace – open from 24th February 2017 and runs until March 2018.

Brenda then visits the Conservation Studio at Hampton Court Palace as the dresses are prepared for display.

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She hears from historians, cultural commentators and the designers who dressed Diana, including Elizabeth Emanuel, Victor Edelstein and David Sassoon. Exhibition curator Eleri Lynn says that Diana, was ‘an excellent silent communicator through her clothes’ and this can be noted in the so called ‘Revenge Dress’ she unveiled on the night Prince Charles admitted adultery.

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Diana broke away from the traditional image of royal outfits and created her own image as a modern princess.

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This year, the Princess would have turned 56, which seems unimaginable and this exhibition and documentary is a perfect way to understand Diana’s fashion choices and to celebrate Diana.

The documentary is still available to watch on BBC TWO.

 

References:

Historical Royal Places – http://www.hrp.org.uk/kensington-palace/visit-us/top-things-to-see-and-do/diana-her-fashion-story/#gs.TxGK4KA

History of Royal Women – http://www.historyofroyalwomen.com/diana-princess-of-wales/diana-princess-waless-fashion-legacy-celebrated-kensington-palace/

The Telegraph – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2017/02/25/diana-designing-princess-provokes-mixed-emotions-review/

Marie Claire – http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/fashion/princess-diana-s-dresses-the-truth-behind-her-most-famous-fashion-moments-116675

Vanity Fair – http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2016/09/john-travolta-princess-diana-dance-memory

 

Hawthorne & Heaney for Joshua Kane A/W 2017

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On Friday night, Hawthorne & Heaney were a few of the audience members to watch the the fashion show of Joshua Kane’s A/W 2017 collection. Held at the London Palladium, it was a grand affair with 2250 people eagerly watching as Kane wanted to be able to share the experience with his fans as well as the high fashion crowd. Therefore, tickets were available for anyone to buy, attend and enjoy.

Entitled, ‘Journey’ the brand did not disappoint with an amazing set of intricate lattice work depicting a early 20th century tube station, newly built and creating a social microcosm of it’s own as the classes mingle. On this we were introduced to the narative with a couple of models interacting briefly before the main body of the show got started.

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The shows itself was crisp, sharp and well polished as is only fitting for a Joshua Kane collection. Not only was this show unusual to be shared with the wider audience in this way, but was also Kane’s first show that was an equal split of mens and womenswear. The line up finished with the three looks which Hawthorne & Heaney produced embroidered pieces for, in the form of a horse head, with chess board, military and heraldic influences.

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Great to see some of my embroidery on the runway this evening @hawthorneheaney #joshuakanejourney #embroidery #lfw

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The show finished with a moving performance by the two models/dancers that we were introduced to at the start.

A beautiful presentation of tailoring from last nights fashion show #joshuakanejourney #ballet #suits

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As always it was lovely to be involved in an exciting project like this, particulally with such as beautiful outcome and was wonderful to see them on their debut in person. If you would like to seemore of the collection follow the link here. We are looking forward to what they produce for next season already!

 

 

 

 

Hawthorne & Heaney on Dr Strange in Action

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Following on from our previous release of the work we have been doing for the new Marvel blockbuster; Dr Strange, some new action photos have surfaced of the filming in Manhattan.

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It is wonderful to see the costumes as they move as well as seeing the vermicelli embroidery on the red cape against the cross stitch CAD down the front of the robes.

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These are the first shots of the fully constructed Baron Mordo costume we have seen which is really exciting to see the embroidered pieces in the context of the rest of the costume.

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We just cant wait to see the whole movie now!

Hawthorne & Heaney for Suicide Squad with Chaos Fashion

The New Suicide Squad Movie has been long awaited, but last night was the European Premier in London’s Leicester Square. Hawthorne & Heaney were delighted to be asked to do the embroidery work for an outfit for the ladies of the cast for one of their looks. Chaos Fashion designed and produced these beautiful silk satin tracksuits for Cara Delevingne and Margot Robbie wear to the after party.

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Each tracksuit was personalised with the girls names on the front in gold against the suit’s navy.

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The back sported, the films ‘SKWAD’ and ‘X’.

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The machine embroidery featured a slight fade within the fill which helps to give it it’s shadowed effect.

Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 11.52.30It was great fun to be part of this super fast project with Chaos’s designers, Charlotte Stockdale & Katie Lyall and it is great to see the finished items being worn so well. To see more picture from the evening, follow the link here.

Hawthorne & Heaney for Paul Hollywood

Last week Hawthorne and Heaney had the privilege of embroidering some chefs whites, said to be for none other that the ‘Bake Off King’ himself! Here are some photos of the finished piece.

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We look forward to seeing Paul Hollywood wearing his personalised whites on television, hopefully very soon!

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Hawthorne & Heaney watches Modern Times: Welcome to Mayfair

It’s only every now and then that a programme comes on to television that really gets us excited, but we couldn’t help but be curious to see what the producers at the BBC would make of our little patch of London, Mayfair. On the 15th Feb, Modern Times: Welcome to Mayfair aired on BBC2 showing the social diversity that exists in Mayfair and the variety of businesses and lives it sustains. So it was with baited breath that we watched to see some of our friends and colleagues as they featured in the show as ‘the craftspeople who keep the wealthy in their finery’.

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GJ Cleverley’s the Shoe maker made a significant appearance, demonstration that people are still making bespoke items in the heart of Mayfair, in the workshop above the shop, Burlington Arcade. They make all sort of bespoke shoes including these slippers which feature some of our Goldwork embroidery.

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There was also an addition from Keith Levett of Henry Poole who does their Livery Tailoring

livery tailoringYou might even catch a glimpse of our Director, Claire in the artisan’s meeting if you have a keen eye. For us, it is great to see the focus being given to the independent businesses and championing the craftsman’s trades. It is clear to see from talking to any crafts person that we are all passionate about keeping our craft alive and growing.

 

Hawthorne & Heaney for David Oyelowo

Just a quick one from us this week, we thought we would share a picture of David Oyelowo in his Huntsman Tuxedo at the Critics Choice Movie Awards. He took the opportunity to honour Dr. Martin Luther King, whom he portrays in his latest movie, Selma by having the lining embroidered by Hawthorne & Heaney with the words from one of King’s favourite hymns ‘Take My Hand, Precious Lord’.

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Hawthorne & Heaney meets ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’

This new year brings the release of eagerly anticipated new movie ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ starring Colin Farrell, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Kane, Taron Egerton and Mark Strong.  By all accounts, it looks to be hilarious, action packed and incredibly stylish (gentlemen out there, take note).  Those of you with a super keen eye may have noticed a pair a bit of Hawthorne & Heaney embroidery in the secret accessories/weaponry closet scene (I think we all wish we had one of those!).  Expertly made by George Cleverley Shoemakers into a gentlemans slipper our embroidery is going to be a must have accessory for the coming season.

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Click here to see the trailer

 

 In cinemas nationwide from the 29th Jan!

Our relationship with Cleverley’s has been strong for a number of years with a wide variety of embroidery provided for their slipper ranges from skull and seahorses to monograms. We also provide bespoke monograms for their clients which are hand drawn in a Script or Gothic style, hand painted and then very carefully had embroidered to their specifications.

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The world of the shoe maker is something of an unknown entity with strange rooms full of named wooden moulds, hides and hand powered machines.

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The slippers featured in the movie are a limited edition exclusively for Mr Porter.   Each pair are black velvet in the Albert style with the ‘K’ of Kingsman in a ring proudly decorating the front in bullion. If you’d like to own a pair you had best get onto Mr Porter before they all go. (insert a link)

 

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And they are not just for the gentlemen !  Here is the pair that our director, Claire Barrett had made up.

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